Out Of The Comfort Zone

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This book is inspired by the insight the author has acquired using "Out-Of-the-Comfort-zone" teaching methods at North Carolina State University. A guide to the teaching method and examples of student transformation are provided, as well as suggestions for how to measure this type of learning. Acquiring essential professional skills and having a willingness to learn are necessary to excel in many important areas such as interpersonal interaction, creative thinking, and innovation. Inspiring "aha-moments" relevant...

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Overview

This book is inspired by the insight the author has acquired using "Out-Of-the-Comfort-zone" teaching methods at North Carolina State University. A guide to the teaching method and examples of student transformation are provided, as well as suggestions for how to measure this type of learning. Acquiring essential professional skills and having a willingness to learn are necessary to excel in many important areas such as interpersonal interaction, creative thinking, and innovation. Inspiring "aha-moments" relevant to an individual's life experience are important for cultivation of a continued appetite to learn. Today, many students at our schools and universities are bored by the traditional teaching methods and have become complacent about learning. Once they have deconstructed "the system" of how to get a good grade this may be all that matters to them, and all they accomplish in terms of learning. This tendency has a negative effect on the students' ability to think "outside the box" and to adjust to new situations. Long term consequences include: a less effective educational system, a decrease in intellectual capacity, and lack of ability to cope with change. I have developed a new teaching method, which focuses on essential professional skills acquisition to counter this trend. The primary principle is conditioning to embrace the richness and wisdom derived from overcoming obstacles and understanding opposition. The goal is to bring students (and professors) out of their comfort-zone, hence the name "Out-Of-the-Comfort-zone" teaching and learning. In brief, this method requires flexibility of format for both teaching and learning. It employs continuous alteration of the conditions under which students work on their assignments. It is a highly interactive, assertive and a "real-life-simulation" teaching style with high demands of responding "on-your-feet" and essential professional skills such as flexibility, discipline, and

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Table of Contents

Preface

1 The Comfort Zone and "Being out of It" 1

1.1 Comfort 1

1.2 Beyond Comfort 1

2 Exiting the Comfort Zone: Reasons and Impact 3

2.1 Authenticity 3

2.2 Essential Professional Skills Learning 3

2.3 Character Building 4

2.4 Expansion of Performance and Capacity 4

2.5 Survival 4

3 Getting Educators and Students out of the Comfort Zone 7

3.1 Comfortable Curricula and Beyond 7

3.2 The University Comfort Zone and Beyond 8

3.3 Educational Collaborations 8

3.3.1 Students 9

3.3.2 Professors 10

3.3.3 Employers 10

4 Principles of "Out-of-the-Comfort-Zone" (OOC) Teaching 11

4.1 Existing and New Curricula 11

4.1.1 Context Creation 11

4.1.2 Change Introduction 11

4.1.3 Response to Changes 23

4.1.4 Monitoring the Coping Process 23

4.1.5 Mentoring and Student Development Planning 24

4.1.6 Reflection on Learning 24

4.2 Learning to Expect the Unexpected 27

4.2.1 Teaching Mode 27

4.2.2 Assignment and Reward Parameters 28

4.2.3 Peer Interaction 29

5 Anecdotes of OOC Learning 31

5.1 Life is Unfair: Change of Teams and Projects 31

5.2 No Room for Me: Change of Project Presentation Logistics 33

5.3 A Boring Project: Change of Team Responsibilities 35

5.4 Out of the Box: Requiring Innovation 37

5.5 Nervous but not Dead: Change of Delivery Person 39

5.6 What are We Going to Do: Open-Ended Projects 41

5.7 Nobody is Around: Change in Instructor Availability 43

5.8 My Impact: Oral Team Member Evaluation 45

6 Measuring the Outcome 47

6.1 Performance Levels 47

6.2 Example of Scoring Professional Skills Proficiency: Oral Presentation 48

6.3 Project Context and Details 50

6.4 Planning and Discipline 51

6.5 Change Management 52

6.6 Innovative Thinking 53

6.7 Ambiguity Management 54

6.8 Teamwork and Leadership 55

6.9 Oral Presentation 56

6.10 Written Presentation 57

6.11 Interpersonal Communication 58

6.12 Attitude 59

6.13 Conflict Resolution 60

6.14 Cross-Cultural Understanding 61

6.15 Knowledge About "Self" 62

6.16 Expectation Management 63

Bibliography 65

Author's Biography 67

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